Sai Slurs, Introduction
Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003
Author: Barry Pittard
If it were simply a few nutters here and there who cast slurs upon the standing of thousands of former Sathya Sai Baba devotees, such nastiness could well be overlooked. However, the attacks on the repute of men and women who have spent a whole lifetime in establishing themselves in their professions, trades and wider communities as citizens of integrity come from many Sathya Sai Baba top leaders, such as Indulal Shah, Michael Goldstein, Thorbjörn Meyer, Steen Piculell, Ashok Bhagani, T. Ramanathan, Jagadeeshan, Leonardo Gutter, Jørgen Trygved, Al Drucker, and so on. These shameless men know that former devotees are not foolish, easily guiled people. Many leaders know themselves to have covered up cases of Sathya Sai Baba's victims or their families who have come to them in great distress, when these disgraceful misleaders have refused all duty-of-care and compassion.
My Response: It has yet to be established that there are "thousands of former Sathya Sai Baba devotees". Perhaps Barry Pittard can provide us with a list of names? So far, Anti-SSB Sites have only been able to name around 100 people (many taken from their "petition"). The online petition, however, does not validate the exaggerated claim that there are "thousands of former Sathya Sai Baba devotees", as the so-called "petition" has not been independently verified by anyone. As a matter of fact, the SaiPetition.net Administrators refuse to have it independently verified! Why? Click Here to view my article about the inherent dishonesty of the "petition" against Sathya Sai Baba. It is also important to point out that most of the people who have made submissions to the petition, were never devotees of SSB.
Barry Pittard praises Ex-SSB Devotees as men and women of repute, who spent "a whole lifetime in establishing themselves in their professions…as citizens of integrity" (of course, this would mean that they were developing their integrity when they were devoted to SSB). Despite this lukewarm lipservice to Ex-SSB Devotees, Mr. Pittard holds the contrary view for SSB Devotees. This once again shows how those who oppose SSB are seen as people of "integrity", while those who advocate in favor of SSB are seen as "shameless" and "misguided". This is a classic cult characteristic, i.e., the "us versus them" mentality. Perhaps Mr. Pittard can tell us how long Reinier Van Der Sandt spent in developing his integrity? Reinier Van Der Sandt is the webmaster to ExBaba.com, the largest Anti-SSB Site on the internet. Click Here to view very disturbing facts about Reinier Van Der Sandt. I have also shown how Glen Meloy blatantly lied about the US State Department "confirming sexual abuse allegations against SSB". Click Here to view my article about the US State Department Advisory. Then, of course, we have Mr. Pittard, who blatantly exaggerated numbers (in my opinion, lied) about alleged, sexual abuse victims and alleged affidavits. Click Here to view my Affidavits Article and Mr. Pittard's lie about there being "over a hundred" affidavits. No one has been able to produce even one affidavit! Not even one! Click Here to view my page about Robert Priddy and see if he fits into the model role of a "person of integrity".
It is high time that we heard about Sai Slurs, because too often have we heard about Sai light, Sai love, Sai brothers, Sai sisters - Sai this, Sai that. Let not Sai Slurs be permitted to go unchallenged. We do not have to force ourselves to dwell in some unreal state of imperviousness to slurs. Forgiveness is an inner process; it is the inner debt that we owe to our own peace of mind; and not to be confused with our outward duty as citizens in our communities to right wrongs, and to speak the truth with neither fear nor favour. To allow bullies and liars to ride roughshod over human beings here or there is to invite the onslaught of bullies and liars everywhere, until whole communities live in fear of them. We must not stand by and see the good standing of thousands of former devotees, or even of a single person, assailed by these shameless men - yes, it is men who rule the Sathya Sai Organisation. Men of shame and of cowardice. Men who are not men.
My Response: Funny enough, I have been the target to numerous "slurs" from Anti-SSB Activists. Click Here to view the numerous attacks, and slurs, made against me by Anti-SSB Activists (many times under the guise of anonymity). Click Here to view the hate mail, racist mail and a death threat that I received from Anti-SSB Activists. The only people who have solidly established a reputation as "bullies and liars" are Anti-SSB Activists. Although a few Pro-SSB Activists have been rude towards Anti-SSB Activists, these people were not nearly as vile as the Anti-SSB Activists I have had to contend with. This site adequately, and wholly, shows that the only "men of shame and cowardice. Men who are not men" are Anti-SSB Activists themselves. Click Here to view my email correspondence page with admissions from people who refuse to read the contrary evidence to what they believe. As a matter of fact, Brian Steel and Dave Lyons attacked my website without having read it (admittedly) and Lisa Tice attacked an article I wrote after "merely scanning" over it!
From around the world, I am collecting cases where Sathya Sai Baba's devotees have cast slurs upon the good repute of former devotees. These slurs too will be Exposé d wherever desirable - whether in the media, the law courts, on the Internet, in our communities, local and global - wherever the Sathya Sai Organisation, ever more desperate to bring about
the 'Sai revolution' before Sathya Sai Baba dies, tries to influence, to infiltrate, to co-opt, to coerce, to defame ... To slur ...
My Response: Barry Pittard does not divulge where he got these alleged "slurs" from. Barry Pittard has undeniably tried to "influence, to infiltrate, to co-opt, to coerce, to defame…to slur" his way into the general public. Click Here to view my affidavits page where Barry Pittard lied when he said, "Well over a hundred sworn affidavits alleging sexual molestation of young males has been lodged with FBI" (not even one affidavit, or affiant's name, has been made public). Barry Pittard (as can be seen in his articles on ExBaba.com) has shown that he has tried to contact just about everyone, anyone, who will listen, in order to solicit a negative comment about SSB. This even resulted in a threat of legal action against Mr. Pittard. Barry Pittard has not left any rock unturned, in his agenda to spread his negative propaganda against SSB. Pittard's many posts, on forums, discussion groups and online press-release sites, is proof of this fact.
Here are just a few sites where Barry Pittard's articles are posted (this is not, by far, a thorough list of sites, but ones I found easily):
several articles at indiafamily.net
a couple of articles at melbimc.nomasters.org
many articles on india.indymedia.org
several articles on factnet.org
a couple of articles on talkaboutlthnetwork.com
many posts and articles at snowcrest.net
numerous articles on saiguru.net
numerous articles and letters on exbaba.com
several articles on Robert Priddy’s site
a couple of articles on us.altnews.com.au
Barry Pittard's articles have even been advertised on the Adelaide Institute Website, which disseminates Anti-Semitic propaganda. They deny the holocaust ever happened. Click Here to view my comments about how Barry Pittard's articles were published on this Anti-Semitic website. Hate attracts hate. Barry Pittard has tried, and succeeded, in getting the Australian Embassy to issue a warning against SSB. Barry Pittard has admitted he was part of a "small, international group" of people who put pressure on UNESCO and the Flinders University, until they withdrew from the ISSE Conference. Of course, all of this would be praiseworthy if there was a scintilla of actual evidence to support his allegations. Where is the proof? Where are the court trials? Where are the pending court cases? Where are the affidavits? Where are any documents? Quite frankly, there are none!
Below are are few slurs (some are unprintable!) that have turned up in my mailbox. Others, especially, the most active members of the Exposé , have their own collections.
° Revenge is your motive - you followed Sai Baba for x years, and feel terribly let down - not by him, but by your limited perception of him.
° I have seen him do beautiful miracles and have experienced beautiful Sai miracles in other countries where I have travelled.
° You are a lot of busybodies. Nothing gives you the right to do all this so-called exposing. Don't you have better to do with your time?
° You don't have a leg to stand on. You'll soon be history. You're hardly more than a one-man band.
° You're homosexuals/suppressed homosexuals yourselves and you are bent on pointing at someone else instead of yourself.
° Whatever Baba may do in private, he has done an immense amount of good in the wider society.
° You cause beat-ups in the sensationalist press.
° You Exposé people are a group of slanderers, paedophiles, disgruntled because you didn't get an interview, etc.
° Exposé people are Christians out to destroy Hinduism.
° You are obsessed.
° You are confused. Your thinking is cloudy - the Sai Organisation is a Divine Organisation.
° Why can't you move on?
Posted: Friday, December 5, 2003
Author: Barry Pittard
My Response: I will address each one of these points in detail, and show how many (but not all) of these "slurs" are not really slurs, but entirely valid observations.